The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparednessis designed for public health, environmental health, occupational health, and emergency
professionals along with managers and educators who need to upgrade their skills in
the area of protecting people in emergencies. HEA520 provides a solid preparation
in fundamental skills such as epidemiology and public health practice, while ENV530
allows the student to learn how to identify, measure and control environmental hazards.
ENV545 and ENV551 expand the student's knowledge about risks and how they are measured,
modeled and communicated. ENV570 and 575 focus on the specifics of emergency preparedness
and on the mitigation of the risks of chemical and biological hazards.
The 18-credit certificate consists of the following courses:
HEA520: Public Health Epidemiology
ENV530: General Environmental Health
ENV545: Risk Assessment
ENV551: Environmental Toxicology
ENV570: Emergency Preparedness
ENV575: Bioterrorism & Public Health
All courses are taught in convenient evening and/or condensed formats, ideally suited
to the working professional.
All students must hold a valid 40-hr certification in Hazardous Waste Operations and
Emergency Response (OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.120) and a valid certificate in First Aid/CPR
at the time of award of the Emergency Preparedness certificate from WCU. These certifications
are available at WCU or may be obtained elsewhere.
Dr. Charles Shortenearned his Doctorate in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University.
He holds a Professional Engineer (PE) license from the Commonwealth of PA. Dr. Shorten
has over ten years of experience with hazardous materials planning with the Chester
County Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Dr. Neha Sungeris an environmental engineer with interests in human health risk and exposure analysis.
Prior to joining WCU in the fall of 2014, Dr. Sunger was a post-doctoral research
fellow at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, MI. During her post-doctoral fellowship,
she designed computer-based exposure analysis programs to enhance rapid screening
of industrial chemicals for human health safety.